WebMD Announces Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Financial Results

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NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- WebMD Health Corp. (NASDAQ: WBMD), the leading source of health information, today announced fourth quarter and full year financial results for 2015.

"We are pleased to report record revenue and earnings for the fourth quarter and full year 2015," said David Schlanger, Chief Executive Officer, WebMD. "In 2015, we delivered meaningful experiences for our users, measurable results for our customers and further strengthened both our brands and our # 1 standing among consumers and healthcare professionals."

Financial Highlights 
For the three months ended December 31, 2015:

  • Revenue was $192.1 million, compared to $162.7 million in the prior year period, an increase of 18%. Advertising and sponsorship revenue was $158.3 millioncompared to $127.0 million in the prior year period. Private portal services revenue was $27.2 million compared to $28.6 million in the prior year period. Information services revenue was $6.6 million compared to $7.1 million in the prior year period.
  • Earnings before interest, taxes, non-cash and other items ("Adjusted EBITDA") increased 40% to $67.4 million, or 35% of revenue, compared to $48.1 million, or 30% of revenue, in the prior year period.
  • Net income was $27.5 million or $0.60 per diluted share, compared to $16.3 million, or $0.38 per diluted share in the prior year period.

For the year ended December 31, 2015:

  • Revenue was $636.4 million compared to $580.4 million in the prior year period, an increase of 10%. Advertising and sponsorship revenue was $499.0 millioncompared to $454.0 million in the prior year. Private portal services revenue was $110.4 million compared to $103.2 million in the prior year. Information services revenue was $26.9 million compared to $23.3 million in the prior year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 22% to $193.2 million, or 30% of revenue, compared to $158.6 million, or 27% of revenue, in the prior year.
  • Net income was $64.0 million or $1.48 per diluted share compared to $42.1 million or $1.00 per diluted share in the prior year.

Traffic Highlights
Traffic to the WebMD Health Network during the fourth quarter of 2015 reached an average of 201 million unique users per month generating 3.97 billion page views for the quarter, increases of 6% and 7%, respectively, from the prior year period.

Balance Sheet Highlights
As of December 31, 2015, WebMD had: approximately $641 million in cash and cash equivalents; $803 million in aggregate principal amount of convertible notes outstanding; and approximately 37.7 million shares of its common stock outstanding (including approximately 0.8 million unvested shares of restricted stock).

As of December 31, 2015, approximately $34 million remained available for repurchases under WebMD's stock repurchase program. Under its stock repurchase program, WebMD may repurchase shares from time to time in the open market, through block trades or in private transactions, depending on market conditions and other factors.

Financial Guidance 
Today WebMD issued financial guidance for the first quarter and full year 2016.

Mr. Schlanger continued, "The biopharma environment remains healthy and we expect to further accelerate revenue growth in this important customer segment in 2016."

For the full year ending December 31, 2016, WebMD expects:

  • Revenue to be approximately $685 million to $705 million, an increase of 8% to 11% from the prior year.
    • $549 million to $567 million of revenue is expected to be from advertising and sponsorship, an increase of 10% to 14% from the prior year. Growth in advertising and sponsorship is expected to be driven by growth in revenue from biopharma customers of approximately 13% to 17%.
    • $109 million to $110 million of revenue is expected to be from private portals services, compared to $110.4 million in 2015.
    • $27 million to $28 million of revenue is expected to be from information services, compared to $26.9 million in 2015.
  • Adjusted EBITDA to be approximately $219 million to $230 million, an increase of 13% to 19% from the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA, as a percentage of revenue, to be approximately 32% to 33%, compared to 30% in the prior year.
  • Net income to be approximately $79 million to $89 million, or $1.75 to $1.90 per diluted share, compared to $64 million, or $1.48 per diluted share, in 2015.

For the first quarter of 2016, WebMD expects:

  • Revenue to be approximately $154.5 million to $157.5 million, an increase of 8% to 10% from the prior year period.
  • Adjusted EBITDA to be approximately $43.5 million to $45.5 million, an increase of approximately 12% to 17% from the prior year period.
  • Net income to be approximately $13.2 million to $14.7 million.

A schedule summarizing the Company's financial guidance is attached to this press release.

Analyst and Investor Conference Call 
WebMD will hold a conference call with investors and analysts at 4:45 p.m.(Eastern) today. The call can be accessed at www.wbmd.com (in the Investor Relations section). A replay of the audio webcast will be available at the same web address.

About WebMD
WebMD Health Corp. (NASDAQ: WBMD) is the leading provider of health information services, serving consumers, physicians, healthcare professionals, employers, and health plans through our public and private online portals, mobile platforms and health-focused publications.

The WebMD Health Network includes WebMD.comMedscape.comMedicineNet.comeMedicineHealth.comRxList.com, Medscape Education (Medscape.org) and other WebMD owned sites and apps.

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All statements contained in this press release and the related analyst and investor conference call, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements, including those regarding:  guidance on our future financial results and other projections or measures of our future performance; market opportunities or momentum and our ability to capitalize on them; and the benefits expected from new or expected contracts with customers, from new or updated products or services and from other potential sources of additional revenue. These statements speak only as of the date of this press release, are based on our current plans and expectations, and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual future events or results to be different than those described in or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include those relating to: market acceptance of our products and services; our relationships with customers and other factors affecting their use of our services and the timing of entry into and implementation of specific contracts with customers, including regulatory matters affecting their products and services; our ability to deploy new or updated services and to create new or enhanced revenue streams from those services; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; and changes in economic, political or regulatory conditions or other trends affecting the healthcare, Internet and information technology industries.  Further information about these matters can be found in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings and this press release is intended to be read in conjunction with information contained in those filings. Except as required by applicable law or regulation, we do not undertake any obligation to update our forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.

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This press release, and the accompanying tables, include both financial measures in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, or GAAP, as well as certain non-GAAP financial measures.  The tables attached to this press release include reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP financial measures. In addition, an "Explanation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" is attached to this press release as Annex A. 

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WEBMD HEALTH CORP.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 (In thousands, except per share data, unaudited)

                   
                       
       

Three Months Ended

 

Years Ended

 
       

December 31,

 

December 31,

 
       

2015

 

2014

 

2015

 

2014

 
                       

Revenue

 

$       192,129

 

$       162,727

 

$     636,399

 

$     580,449

 

Cost of operations

 

69,475

 

60,676

 

247,311

 

224,094

 

Sales and marketing

 

40,129

 

36,978

 

138,025

 

136,160

 

General and administrative

 

24,183

 

24,756

 

91,580

 

94,119

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

7,418

 

7,774

 

30,521

 

29,811

 

Interest income

 

15

 

18

 

51

 

69

 

Interest expense

 

5,099

 

6,171

 

23,123

 

24,686

 

Loss on convertible notes

 

-

 

-

 

2,058

 

-

 

Gain on investments

 

-

 

-

 

139

 

-

 

Other expense

 

-

 

-

 

4,100

 

-

 
                       

Income from continuing operations before income tax provision

 

45,840

 

26,390

 

99,871

 

71,648

 
 

Income tax provision

 

18,379

 

11,236

 

35,847

 

30,707

 

Income from continuing operations

 

27,461

 

15,154

 

64,024

 

40,941

 
 

Income from discontinued operations, net of tax

 

-

 

1,122

 

-

 

1,122

 

Net income

 

$         27,461

 

$         16,276

 

$       64,024

 

$       42,063

 
                       
                       

Basic income per common share:

                 
 

Income from continuing operations

 

$             0.75

 

$             0.42

 

$           1.75

 

$           1.08

 
 

Income from discontinued operations

 

-

 

0.03

 

-

 

0.03

 

Net income

 

$             0.75

 

$             0.45

 

$           1.75

 

$           1.11

 
                       

Diluted income per common share:

                 
 

Income from continuing operations

 

$             0.60

 

$             0.36

 

$           1.48

 

$           0.97

 
 

Income from discontinued operations

 

-

 

0.02

 

-

 

0.03

 

Net income

 

$             0.60

 

$             0.38

 

$           1.48

 

$           1.00

 
                       

Weighted-average shares outstanding used in 

                 
 

computing income per common share: 

                 
 

Basic

 

36,583

 

36,427

 

36,600

 

37,869

 
 

Diluted 

 

51,338

 

53,082

 

52,653

 

45,614

 

 

 

WEBMD HEALTH CORP.

CONSOLIDATED SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 (In thousands, unaudited)

                       
                   
       

Three Months Ended

 

Years Ended

 
       

December 31,

 

December 31,

 
       

2015

 

2014

 

2015

 

2014

 

Revenue

                   

Advertising and sponsorship

                   
 

Biopharma and medical device

   

$      119,528

 

$        93,742

 

$      371,220

 

$      329,329

 
 

OTC, CPG and other

   

38,758

 

33,294

 

127,805

 

124,636

 
       

158,286

 

127,036

 

499,025

 

453,965

 

Private portal services

   

27,218

 

28,570

 

110,441

 

103,182

 

Information services

   

6,625

 

7,121

 

26,933

 

23,302

 
       

$      192,129

 

$      162,727

 

$      636,399

 

$      580,449

 
                       

Earnings before interest, taxes, non-cash

                   
 

and other items ("Adjusted EBITDA") (a)

   

$        67,354

 

$        48,138

 

$      193,226

 

$      158,622

 
                       

Interest, taxes, non-cash and other items  (b)

                   
 

Interest income

   

15

 

18

 

51

 

69

 
 

Interest expense

   

(5,099)

 

(6,171)

 

(23,123)

 

(24,686)

 
 

Income tax provision

   

(18,379)

 

(11,236)

 

(35,847)

 

(30,707)

 
 

Depreciation and amortization 

   

(7,418)

 

(7,774)

 

(30,521)

 

(29,811)

 
 

Non-cash stock-based compensation

   

(9,012)

 

(7,821)

 

(33,743)

 

(32,546)

 
 

Loss on convertible notes

   

-

 

-

 

(2,058)

 

-

 
 

Gain on investments

   

-

 

-

 

139

 

-

 
 

Other expense

   

-

 

-

 

(4,100)

 

-

 

Income from continuing operations

   

27,461

 

15,154

 

64,024

 

40,941

 
 

Income from discontinued operations, net of tax 

   

-

 

1,122

 

-

 

1,122

 

 Net income 

   

$        27,461

 

$        16,276

 

$        64,024

 

$        42,063

 
                       

(a)

See Annex A-Explanation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.

   

(b)

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income.

   

 

 

WEBMD HEALTH CORP.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 (In thousands)

           
           
     

December 31,

     

2015

 

2014

           

Assets

       

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$            641,165

 

$               706,776

Accounts receivable, net

 

174,313

 

136,806

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

18,998

 

13,877

Deferred tax assets

 

16,126

 

18,147

 

Total current assets

 

850,602

 

875,606

           

Property and equipment,  net

 

81,027

 

59,573

Goodwill

 

202,980

 

202,980

Intangible assets, net

 

10,894

 

14,215

Deferred tax assets

 

-

 

18,947

Other assets

 

20,464

 

26,236

Total Assets

 

$         1,165,967

 

$            1,197,557

           

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

       

Accrued expenses

 

$              80,664

 

$                 72,658

Deferred revenue

 

102,715

 

89,785

2.25% convertible notes due 2016

 

102,682

 

-

 

Total current liabilities

 

286,061

 

162,443

           

2.25% convertible notes due 2016

 

-

 

252,232

2.50% convertible notes due 2018

 

400,000

 

400,000

1.50% convertible notes due 2020

 

300,000

 

300,000

Other long-term liabilities

 

23,678

 

21,293

           

Stockholders' equity

 

156,228

 

61,589

           

Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

 

$         1,165,967

 

$            1,197,557

 

 

WEBMD HEALTH CORP.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands, unaudited)

                 
             
           

Years Ended

           

December 31,

           

2015

 

2014

Cash flows from operating activities:

       
 

Net income

 

$           64,024

 

$        42,063

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by

       
 

  operating activities:

       
   

Income from discontinued operations, net of tax

 

-

 

(1,122)

   

Depreciation and amortization

 

30,521

 

29,811

   

Non-cash interest, net

 

4,172

 

4,511

   

Non-cash stock-based compensation

 

33,743

 

32,546

   

Deferred income taxes

 

(7,713)

 

14,717

   

Loss on convertible notes

 

2,058

 

-

   

Gain on investments

 

(139)

 

-

   

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

       
     

Accounts receivable

 

(37,507)

 

(12,574)

     

Prepaid expenses and other, net

 

(4,132)

 

(673)

     

Accrued expenses and other long-term liabilities

 

9,606

 

(380)

     

Deferred revenue

 

12,930

 

4,637

       

Net cash provided by continuing operations

 

107,563

 

113,536

       

Net cash used in discontinued operations

 

-

 

(384)

       

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

107,563

 

113,152

                 

Cash flows from investing activities:

       
 

Cash paid in business combination

 

-

 

(3,182)

 

Proceeds from sale of investments

 

139

 

-

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

(48,372)

 

(23,194)

       

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(48,233)

 

(26,376)

                 

Cash flows from financing activities:

       
 

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

 

21,939

 

40,602

 

Cash used for withholding taxes due on stock-based awards

 

(6,438)

 

(33,385)

 

Repurchase of convertible notes

 

(151,038)

 

-

 

Repurchase of shares through tender offers

 

-

 

(97,588)

 

Purchases of treasury stock 

 

(28,406)

 

(128,748)

 

Excess tax benefit on stock-based awards

 

39,002

 

14,239

       

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(124,941)

 

(204,880)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 

(65,611)

 

(118,104)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

706,776

 

824,880

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

$         641,165

 

$      706,776

 

 

WEBMD HEALTH CORP.

NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE

 (In thousands, except per share data, unaudited)

                       
                       
       

Three Months Ended

 

Years Ended

 
       

December 31,

 

December 31,

 
       

2015

 

2014

 

2015

 

2014

 
                       
 

Numerator:

                 
 

Income from continuing operations - Basic

 

$        27,461

 

$           15,154

 

$        64,024

 

$        40,941

 
   

Interest expense on 1.50% convertible notes, net of tax

 

864

 

864

 

3,456

 

3,456

 
   

Interest expense on 2.50% convertible notes, net of tax

 

1,797

 

1,797

 

7,189

 

-

 
   

Interest expense on 2.25% convertible notes, net of tax

 

449

 

1,103

 

3,460

 

-

 
 

Income from continuing operations - Diluted

 

$        30,571

 

$           18,918

 

$        78,129

 

$        44,397

 
                       
 

Income from discontinued operations, net of tax - Basic and Diluted

 

$                 -

 

$             1,122

 

$                 -

 

$          1,122

 
                       
                       
 

Denominator:

                 
 

Weighted-average shares - Basic

 

36,583

 

36,427

 

36,600

 

37,869

 
   

Stock options and restricted stock

 

1,427

 

1,245

 

1,412

 

2,060

 
   

1.50% convertible notes

 

5,694

 

5,694

 

5,694

 

5,685

 
   

2.50% convertible notes

 

6,205

 

6,205

 

6,205

 

-

 
   

2.25% convertible notes

 

1,429

 

3,511

 

2,742

 

-

 
 

Adjusted weighted-average shares after assumed conversions - Diluted

51,338

 

53,082

 

52,653

 

45,614

 
                       
                       
 

Basic income per common share:

                 
   

Income from continuing operations

 

$            0.75

 

$               0.42

 

$            1.75

 

$            1.08

 
   

Income from discontinued operations

 

-

 

0.03

 

-

 

0.03

 
 

Net income

 

$            0.75

 

$               0.45

 

$            1.75

 

$            1.11

 
                       
 

Diluted income per common share:

                 
   

Income from continuing operations

 

$            0.60

 

$               0.36

 

$            1.48

 

$            0.97

 
   

Income from discontinued operations

 

-

 

0.02

 

-

 

0.03

 
 

Net income

 

$            0.60

 

$               0.38

 

$            1.48

 

$            1.00

 

 

 

 

           

WEBMD HEALTH CORP.

FINANCIAL GUIDANCE FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2016

(In millions, except per share amounts)

           
           
     

Guidance Range

Revenue

       
 

Advertising and sponsorship

       
 

     Biopharma and medical device

 

$          421.0

 

$          434.0

 

     OTC, CPG and other

 

128.0

 

133.0

     

549.0

 

567.0

 

Private portal services

 

109.0

 

110.0

 

Information services

 

27.0

 

28.0

     

$          685.0

 

$          705.0

           

Earnings before interest, taxes, non-cash and other items ("Adjusted EBITDA") (a)

 

$          219.0

 

$          230.0

           

Interest, taxes, non-cash and other items (b)

       

     Interest expense, net

 

(18.0)

 

(18.0)

     Depreciation and amortization

 

(35.0)

 

(33.0)

     Non-cash stock-based compensation

 

(36.0)

 

(33.0)

Income before income tax provision

 

130.0

 

146.0

Income tax provision

 

(51.0)

 

(57.0)

Net income

 

$            79.0

 

$            89.0

           

Income per share:

       

     Basic

 

$            2.09

 

$            2.32

     Diluted (c)

 

$            1.75

 

$            1.90

           

Calculation of income per share:

       
 

Net income (numerator for basic income per share)

 

$            79.0

 

$            89.0

 

Add-back of interest expense, net of tax, related to:

       
 

   1.50% convertible notes

 

3.5

 

3.5

 

   2.50% convertible notes

 

7.2

 

7.2

 

   2.25% convertible notes

 

0.4

 

0.4

 

Numerator for diluted income per share

 

$            90.1

 

$          100.1

           
 

Weighted average shares outstanding (denominator for basic income per share)

 

37.8

 

38.3

 

Stock options and restricted stock

 

1.5

 

2.0

 

Weighted average shares issuable upon conversion of:

       
 

   1.50% convertible notes

 

5.7

 

5.7

 

   2.50% convertible notes

 

6.2

 

6.2

 

   2.25% convertible notes

 

0.4

 

0.4

 

Denominator for diluted income per share

 

51.6

 

52.6

           
           
           

(a) See Annex A - Explanation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

       

(b) Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income

       

(c) See Supplemental 2016 Guidance for Income Per Share Calculation below

       
           

Additional information regarding forecast for the quarter ending March 31, 2016:

 

     -     Revenue is forecasted to be between $154.5 million to $157.5 million

   

     -     Revenue distribution is forecasted to be approximately 56% from Biopharma and medical device;

21% from OTC, CPG and other; 18.5% from private portal services and 4.5% from information services

     -     Adjusted EBITDA is forecasted to be between $43.5 million to $45.5 million

 

     -     Net income is forecasted to be between $13.2 million to $14.7 million

 
           

The above guidance does not include the impact if any, of future deployment of capital for items such as share repurchases, convertible note repurchases or acquisitions, any future gains or losses from discontinued operations, any future gains or losses on investments, and other future non-recurring, one-time or unusual items.

 

 

WEBMD HEALTH CORP.

SUPPLEMENTAL 2016 GUIDANCE FOR INCOME PER SHARE CALCULATION

                         

Based on the Company's Financial Guidance for the Year Ending December 31, 2016, the 1.50% convertible notes, the 2.50% convertible notes and the 2.25% convertible notes are expected to be dilutive to net income on both the low end and high end of the full year guidance range.  Additionally, each of the series of convertible notes may be dilutive in certain quarters, depending on the amount of net income for such quarter.  The following table contains the approximate level of net income for an individual quarter and for the full year 2016 at which each of the series of convertible notes would become dilutive to income per share.  To the extent this net income is exceeded for any such period, the table also includes the amounts by which the numerator and denominator should each be adjusted for purposes of the diluted income per share calculation.

 
               
                         
 

Quarterly Amounts

 

Annual Amounts

 

All amounts in millions

1.50% 
Convertible
Notes

 

2.50% 
Convertible
Notes

 

2.25% 
Convertible
Notes  (a)

 

1.50% 
Convertible
Notes

 

2.50% 
Convertible
Notes

 

2.25% 
Convertible
Notes  (a)

 
                         

Approximate net income at which 
convertible notes  become dilutive  (b)

$            6.0

 

$          12.2

 

$          13.4

 

$          23.9

 

$          48.7

 

$          53.7

 
                         

Interest expense, net of tax to add-back to net income (numerator)

$            0.9

 

$            1.8

 

$            0.4

 

$            3.5

 

$            7.2

 

$            0.4

 
                         

Additional shares to include in weighted-average diluted share count (denominator)

5.7

 

6.2

 

1.4

 

5.7

 

6.2

 

0.4

 
                         
                         

(a)  Since the 2.25% convertible notes will mature on March 31, 2016, the quarterly amounts above are only applicable for the

 

       quarter ending March 31, 2016.  Additionally, the Annual Amounts column reflects the impact of the additional shares for the

       2.25% convertible notes, weighted for the period that they will be outstanding during the year ending December 31, 2016.

 
                         

(b)  These net income amounts assume a weighted-average diluted share count of 39.3 million shares attributable to common shares,

       stock options and restricted stock (prior to the effect of convertible notes) and are subject to change as such weighted-average

       share count changes.

                       

 

 

ANNEX A

Explanation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The accompanying WebMD Health Corp. press release and attachments include both financial measures in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, as well as non-GAAP financial measures.  The non-GAAP financial measures represent earnings before interest, taxes, non-cash and other items (which we refer to as "Adjusted EBITDA") and related per share amounts.  Adjusted EBITDA should be viewed as supplemental to, and not as an alternative for net income or loss calculated in accordance with GAAP (referred to below as "net income") or income or loss from continuing operations calculated in accordance with GAAP (referred to below as "income from continuing operations").  The attachments to the press release include reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP financial measures. 

Adjusted EBITDA is used by our management as an additional measure of our company's performance for purposes of business decision-making, including developing budgets, managing expenditures, and evaluating potential acquisitions or divestitures.  Period-to-period comparisons of Adjusted EBITDA help our management identify additional trends in our company's financial results that may not be shown solely by period-to-period comparisons of net income or income from continuing operations.  In addition, we may use Adjusted EBITDA in the incentive compensation programs applicable to some of our employees in order to evaluate our company's performance.  Our management recognizes that Adjusted EBITDA has inherent limitations because of the excluded items, particularly those items that are recurring in nature.  In order to compensate for those limitations, management also reviews the specific items that are excluded from Adjusted EBITDA, but included in net income or income from continuing operations, as well as trends in those items.  The amounts of those items are set forth, for the applicable periods, in the reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA to net income or income from continuing operations that accompany our press releases and disclosure documents containing non-GAAP financial measures, including the reconciliations contained in the accompanying press release attachments.

We believe that the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors in their analysis of our results for reasons similar to the reasons why our management finds it useful and because it helps facilitate investor understanding of decisions made by management in light of the performance metrics used in making those decisions.  In addition, as more fully described below, we believe that providing Adjusted EBITDA, together with a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income or income from continuing operations, helps investors make comparisons between our company and other companies that may have different capital structures, different effective income tax rates and tax attributes, different capitalized asset values and/or different forms of employee compensation.  However, Adjusted EBITDA is intended to provide a supplemental way of comparing our company with other public companies and is not intended as a substitute for comparisons based on net income or income from continuing operations.  In making any comparisons to other companies, investors need to be aware that companies use different non-GAAP measures to evaluate their financial performance.  Investors should pay close attention to the specific definition being used and to the reconciliation between such measures and the corresponding GAAP measures provided by each company under applicable SEC rules.

The following is an explanation of the items excluded by us from Adjusted EBITDA but included in net income and income from continuing operations:

  • Depreciation and Amortization . Depreciation and amortization expense is a non-cash expense relating to capital expenditures and intangible assets arising from acquisitions that are expensed on a straight-line basis over the estimated useful life of the related assets. We exclude depreciation and amortization expense from Adjusted EBITDA because we believe that (i) the amount of such expenses in any specific period may not directly correlate to the underlying performance of our business operations and (ii) such expenses can vary significantly between periods as a result of new acquisitions and full amortization of previously acquired tangible and intangible assets. Accordingly, we believe that this exclusion assists management and investors in making period-to-period comparisons of operating performance. Investors should note that the use of tangible and intangible assets contributed to revenue in the periods presented and will contribute to future revenue generation and should also note that such expense will recur in future periods.
     
  • Stock-Based Compensation Expense . Stock-based compensation expense is a non-cash expense arising from the grant of stock-based awards to employees. We believe that excluding the effect of stock-based compensation from Adjusted EBITDA assists management and investors in making period-to-period comparisons in our company's operating performance because (i) the amount of such expenses in any specific period may not directly correlate to the underlying performance of our business operations and (ii) such expenses can vary significantly between periods as a result of the timing of grants of new stock-based awards, including grants in connection with acquisitions. Additionally, we believe that excluding stock-based compensation from Adjusted EBITDA assists management and investors in making meaningful comparisons between our company's operating performance and the operating performance of other companies that may use different forms of employee compensation or different valuation methodologies for their stock-based compensation. Investors should note that stock-based compensation is a key incentive offered to employees whose efforts contributed to the operating results in the periods presented and are expected to contribute to operating results in future periods. Investors should also note that such expenses will recur in the future. Stock-based compensation expenses included in the Consolidated Statement of Operations are summarized as follows:

 

                 

Three Months Ended

 

Year Ended

                 

December 31,

 

December 31,

                 

2015

2014

 

2015

2014

                     
       

Non-cash stock-based compensation included in:

         
         

Cost of operations

 

$    1,426

$    1,384

 

$    5,217

$    5,940

         

Sales and marketing

 

$    2,191

$    1,559

 

$    7,290

$    7,221

         

General and administrative

 

$    5,395

$    4,878

 

$  21,236

$  19,385

                             

 

  • Interest Income and Expense.   Interest income is associated with the level of marketable debt securities and other interest bearing accounts in which we invest, and interest expense is related to our company's capital structure (including non-cash interest expense relating to our convertible notes).  Interest income and expense varies over time due to a variety of financing transactions and due to acquisitions and divestitures that we have entered into or may enter into in the future.  We have, in the past, issued convertible debentures, repurchased shares in cash tender offers and repurchased shares and convertible debentures through other repurchase transactions, and completed the divestiture of certain businesses.  We exclude interest income and interest expense from Adjusted EBITDA (i) because these items are not directly attributable to the performance of our business operations and, accordingly, their exclusion assists management and investors in making period-to-period comparisons of operating performance and (ii) to assist management and investors in making comparisons to companies with different capital structures.  Investors should note that interest income and expense will recur in future periods.  The following provides detail regarding the components of interest expense of our convertible notes:

 

                 

Three Months Ended

 

Year Ended

                 

December 31,

 

December 31,

                 

2015

2014

 

2015

2014

                     
       

Non-cash interest expense

         
         

2.25% Convertible Notes

 

$         159

$       390

 

$      1,221

$     1,560

         

2.50% Convertible Notes

 

$         446

$       446

 

$      1,785

$     1,785

         

1.50% Convertible Notes

 

$         291

$       291

 

$      1,166

$     1,166

       

 

Cash interest expense

           
         

2.25% Convertible Notes

 

$         578

$    1,419

 

$      4,451

$     5,675

         

2.50% Convertible Notes

 

$      2,500

$    2,500

 

$    10,000

$   10,000

         

1.50% Convertible Notes

 

$      1,125

$    1,125

 

$      4,500

$     4,500

                             

 

  • Income Tax Provision (Benefit).  We maintain a valuation allowance on a portion of our net deferred tax assets (including our net operating loss carryforwards), the amount of which may change from quarter to quarter based on factors that are not directly related to our results for the quarter. The valuation allowance is either adjusted through the statement of operations or additional paid-in capital. The timing of such adjustments has not been consistent and as a result, our income tax expense can fluctuate significantly from period to period in a manner not directly related to our operating performance. We exclude the income tax provision (benefit) from Adjusted EBITDA (i) because we believe that the income tax provision (benefit) is not directly attributable to the underlying performance of our business operations and, accordingly, its exclusion assists management and investors in making period-to-period comparisons of operating performance and (ii) to assist management and investors in making comparisons to companies with different tax attributes. Investors should note that income tax provision (benefit) will recur in future periods.
     
  • Other Items.  We engage in other activities and transactions that can impact our net income or income from continuing operations. In recent periods, these other items included, but were not limited to: (i) gain on investments; (ii) settlements of litigation or claims; (iii) loss on repurchases of our convertible notes; and (iv) severance expense. We exclude these other items from Adjusted EBITDA because we believe these activities or transactions are not directly attributable to the performance of our business operations and, accordingly, their exclusion assists management and investors in making period-to-period comparisons of operating performance. Investors should note that some of these other items may recur in future periods.

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